In order to make a website or blog, you need to have two essential things: a domain name and a web hosting. So what is a domain name? A domain name is the name you can see on the address bar of your Internet browser. As an example, today’s most common domain names are www.google.com, www.facebook.com, www.yahoo.com, and www.wikipedia.org.
Similar with a land or a real estate, a domain name should be registered before you can use it to build and start your own blog or website. However, domain registration is much easier than registering a land or a real estate.
Before picking and registering a domain name for your blog, here are some tips that you can follow to properly register a domain name. Keep on reading!
1. Shorter is Better
When registering a domain name, shorter is better. Why? A shorter name is easier to remember than a long name. As much as possible, think of a shorter domain name appropriate to your blog. For registration of domain name of companies or businesses, it is advisable to make the domain name similar to the name of your business.
Most of the time, the domain names you have in mind are already taken or have been registered by other people. In this case, you need to register different domain names. As an example, you cannot register anymore the domain name www.google.com because it was already registered by Google.
Just make sure when you register a domain, you should keep it as short as possible. You may even use the acronym of your company or business.
2. Prioritize .com domain
Always register first the .com domain because it is the most popular domain name extension and it is easy to remember by many people who are using the Internet. However, if the .com is not available anymore, you should try to register the .net, .org, or .info domain extension.
Some domain names use .info especially if the blog is really to give information to visitors about something. I have created one .info blog but I still prefer to use .com because in my experience it is easier to be indexed and ranked higher by Google.
3. Avoid hyphen and symbols
One no-no when registering a domain name is using a hyphen or symbols in the name unless you badly needed the exact word on the domain name. Many people who use the Internet don’t remember the hyphen or special symbols so it is not good to include it when registering a domain name.
As far as possible, only use words in the domain but there is an exception here. If the company or business uses numbers, it would be better to use the numbers or even symbols if it is really needed.
4. Your domain name should be related to your business or blog
When registering a domain name, it should be related to your business or blog. For example, if your business is in food industry, the name can be your company name or anything related to the food your produce.
In addition, if you are a blogger, the domain name of your blog must be related to the blog you want to start and build. For example, the domain name of this blog is www.learnfinancialeducation.com which is related to finance or specifically to financial education.
5. Choose a good domain registration company
A domain registration company is the one responsible for registering your domain name with a corresponding fee that you need to pay. A good company is the one that has been in this kind of business for many years, with good customer service, cheap fees, and gives discounts and coupons.
When I registered the first domain name I have, I use GoDaddy as the domain registration company. I remembered the domain is www.vacationtophilippines.com but I didn’t renew the domain after one year.
I think GoDaddy has been in this business for many years and they have the most number of domain names registered. You can check its website to see for your self what is GoDaddy.
Another domain registration company I’m using is NameCheap. From the name itself, this company has a cheaper registration fee than GoDaddy. They have also many coupons that you can use to get discounts on the domain name your want to register.
Choosing and registering a domain name is not difficult when you have the right tool, knowledge and know-how on how to properly register a domain. You can follow the tips I mentioned above to help you out.
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